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Stamford Shakespeare Company Tolethorpe Hall A SUMMER evening at the Rutland Open Air theatre to see a production by the members of the Stamford Shakespeare Company is a magical experience.
Join the thousands of people who attend the annual Stamford Shakespeare season in the delightful grounds of Tolethorpe Hall.
The season attracts more than 34,500 people every year, with some even travelling from abroad to see it.
Throughout the summer months, starting on Monday, the Stamford Shakespeare Company (SSC) will be offering two Shakespeare plays: Othello the story of a mixed marriage between a middle-aged Moor and a young Venetian girl that deals with the husband’s mental torments as doubt and suspicion are planted in his mind by the machinations of an ambitious, ruthless and jealous subordinate.
Then Much Ado About Nothing shows the vulnerability of love and friendship which are explored to the full as the audience follows the paths of two love affairs: one, a vibrant mixture of tough-minded independence and bubbling wit, the other threatened by villainy.
The third play adapted for the stage is the classic BBC TV comedy series Dad’s Army, by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.
The Home Guard of Walmingtonon-Sea – in their battle against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges – come to the Tolethorpe stage with all the well-loved characters including: “Stupid boy” Pike, “Don’t panic, don’t panic” Jonesey, “We’re all doomed!” Fraser, “May I be excused, sir?” Godfrey, and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson.
The open air stage is set against an idyllic woodland glade. The raked, 600-seat auditorium with comfortable seating is protected from summer showers by a unique permanent canopy making it the only theatre of its kind in Europe. No performance is ever cancelled because of rain.
Excellent facilities include an on- site car park, a popular picnic area on the lawn a theatre bar adjacent to a spacious orangery, and a 90-seat restaurant enjoyed by theatregoers every summer.
SSC is a registered charity, and all the ticket sales money is ploughed back into the upkeep of Tolethorpe and next year’s shows.
Tickets prices range from £9 to £16. Evening shows are at 8pm. There is also concession prices available and Saturday 1.30pm matinée performances.
Performances are as follows: Dad’s Army - June 7 to 12; June 21 to 26; July 12 to 17; July 26 to 31; Othello - June 15 to 19; June 28 to July 3; August 2 to 7; August 16 to 21; Much Ado About Nothing - July 6 to 10; July 19 to 24; August 9 to 14; August 23 to 28.
To book, call 01780 756133 or visit www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk
CLASSIC ON STAGE: Dad’s Army.
COMEDY: Much Ado About Nothing.